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Broadway Players of FHS announce spring play

Apr 04, 2017

The Broadway Players of FHS announce their spring play will be “The Madwoman of Chaillot.”

In the play, four money-grubbing businessmen discover a huge deposit of oil underneath Paris. They conspire to raze the city and cover it with oil derricks and drills, destroying everyone and everything in their path. To stop them, Countess Aurelia, her three mad friends, a ragpicker, and a band of vagabonds put the men on trial in Aurelia’s cellar in absentia and condemn them to the fate they deserve.

“‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’ by Jean Giraudoux has been called a fantasy, a farce, and a fable,” said director Betsie Wotherspoon. “Set in the ‘spring of next year,’ it is a classic, but quirky story of the triumph of good over evil.”

Phoenix Haessler portrays the unconventional Countess Aurelia who determines to rid the world of wickedness. She is joined by eccentric friends Mme. Constance (Gwen Kermott), Mlle. Gabrielle (Harper Fiske), and Mme. Josephine (Lilu Papp).

Playing the unscrupulous men are David Wallingford (The President), Dewayne Barnes (The Baron), Lane Yates (The Broker), and Gunnar Mattson (The Prospector). Pierre, a young man unwillingly entangled in the oil scheme, is played by Zaya Garner.

Dallas Carlson portrays The Police Sergeant, and Alex Helmick has dual roles as The Doorman and The Sewerman.

Those employed by the countess in her cafe are Irma and Martial (Rachel Funkhouser and Mira Pappin).

Joining the madwomen on the side of justice are a band of vagabonds led by The Ragpicker (Matthew McLain).He is assisted by The Deaf-Mime (Michael Hunt), Dr. Jadin (James Trent), The Gullible Man (Michel Putnam), and The Street Singers (Alex Holden and Aaron Austin).

Abyni Garner serves as stage manager. The production crew also includes Ben Anderson, JJ Funkhouser, Brenden Pool, Shealyn Thompson, Jeremiah Voorhees, and Joshua Voorhees.

FHS staff members Jim Edgeton, John Grunwald, and Noel Wotherspoon lend their technical expertise to the production.

The public is welcome to attend the performances at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and April 29 and 2 p.m. April 30 at the FHS Auditorium.

Tickets will be sold at the door; the box office opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for the matinee.

Admission is $5 for general seating.

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